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Stony Brook University to Host First-Ever Tedx Event on Oct. 10

Oct 2, 2013 - 11:15:00 AM

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STONY BROOK, NY, October 2, 2013 - On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in the Wang Center Theater, Stony Brook University will host “TEDxSBU: Our Beat,” its first-ever TEDx event. TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. “TEDxSBU: Our Beat,” an independently organized event licensed by TED, will be held as a full-day event, split into two sessions featuring Stony Brook students, faculty, staff and alumni speakers and performers. Per TEDx rules, each speaker or performer is allowed up to 18 minutes to give their presentation and the audience may only contain 100 attendees.

“We're excited by the opportunity to bring a TEDx to Stony Brook,” said Chuck Powell, Assistant Provost for Teaching, Learning & Technology, whose department is coordinating the event. “There is a natural synergy between TED's mission ‘ideas worth spreading’ and what we do here at Stony Brook every day. It's another opportunity to showcase the talent we have amongst our faculty, students and staff and to raise the level of discourse both on campus and around the world. We're confident that we'll be able to contribute to the intellectual capital that TED represents globally and that our community will embrace the learning opportunities.”  

Stony Brook will be streaming the event live, while the WUSB 90.1 FM radio station will broadcast the event throughout the day.

Members of the community are welcome to gather and watch the event in the multi-purpose room of the Center for Leadership and Service (LDS), located in H Quad's Benedict College. Directions can be found on the LDS website.

East Campus will be showing the event on two 32" LCD panels on Level 2 of the Health Sciences Building. One will be located outside of the bookstore and the other will be located outside of Lecture Hall 2.

TEDxSBU: Our Beat is sponsored by Stony Brook University’s Teaching, Learning & Technology department, the College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, The Graduate School, Alumni Association, Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology, Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning, Livestream, Psi Chi (Stony Brook Campus Chapter), Undergraduate Student Government, UUP, and WUSB. Master of Ceremonies is Nancy Franklin, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.

The Schedule

The Beat One (9:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.)



Title of Presentation

Lauren Hale

Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine

Sleep Deprivation as a Source of Disparities in Health, Economic and Social Well-being

Kent Gustavson

Alumni ‘04 MA Music,
‘07 PhD Music

Metaphorical Cliff Jumping

Neha Kinariwalla

Student, Junior Sociology major, International Studies minor

The Humanology Project

Ken Dill

Director, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology

The World’s Smallest and Most Powerful Machines: Protein Molecules

TED Talk Video

Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking

Joanna Kaczorowska

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Music

To Inspire and Be Inspiring

Fikri Birey

Student, PhD candidate in Genetics

Mood Disorders are Glial Disorders

Hannes Baumann

Adjunct Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

In the Anthropocene, Predator Swamping is a Doomed Evolutionary Strategy

Ruchi Shah

Student, Sophomore Biology major, Journalism minor

Building a Foundation for Science and Research to Improve Our World

TED Talk Video

Alexa Meade

Your Body is My Canvas

Howard Schneider

Dean, School of Journalism

Finding a Cure for “Newsmosis,” a Civic Disease Ravaging America

The Beat Two (2:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)



Title of Presentation

Rich Fantasia

Audio Visual Associate, Teaching, Learning & Technology

Our Beat

Daniel Menaker

Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing & Literature, Southampton Arts


Arianna Warner

Alumni, ‘13 BA Studio Art

The Dinosaur Onesie Project

Mitchell Fourman

Alumni, ‘08 BA Political Science/History. Currently a 4th year med student

Seeing Medicine Through Fluorescent Eyes

TED Talk Video

Robert Lang

The Math and Magic of Origami

Nobuho Nagasawa

Faculty, MFA Graduate Program Director, Art Department

Interactive Art of Light and Sound

Fred Ferguson

Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine

An Opportunity to Improve Wellness, Prevention, Quality of Life and Overall Health

David Ecker

Alumni, ‘95 BS Computer Science. Currently serves as Director of Research Technologies in Teaching, Learning & Technology

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball, Either Duck or Learn to Hit Curve Balls

TED Talk Video

Shyam Sankar

The Rise of Human-Computer Cooperation

Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza

Paul Bingham is an Associate Professor and Joanne Souza is a lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Evolution of Our Language, Cognitive Virtuosity, and Our Unique Sexual and Social Behavior

Alberto Perez

Junior Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology

Untangling DNA

* If driving in from Stony Brook’s Main Entrance, make a right onto Circle Drive. At the second stop sign, turn left onto Stadium Road. Continue past the tennis courts on your left. The LDS Center is located off the main lobby of Benedict College. Parking is located on the right side of Stadium Road, across from Benedict College.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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